Actually, Sunnyside, that part of Manhattan is north of Houston Street, so not part of the actual Little Italy. I have never heard of that restaurant, but that entire part of the Lower East Side has changed tremendously in the past ten to fifteen years; the whole scene is different.
Maybe others are familiar with the restaurant there?
On another note, I am glad that someone else joins me in recommending Arthur Avenue…really, it is an incredible experience anytime of the year.
Is East 6th at Ave. A considered in the Little Italy area? I am to have dinner there later this month at Via Della Zoccolette. Anyone been there? Suggestions if you have?
Il Cortile has stood the test of time….
Little Italy in Manhattan has been almost entirely absorbed by Chinatown. Very little is left, and most of what is left is very touristy. One notable exception is DiPaolo’s. Really top notch deli selling excellent cheeses, salumi, and other Italian foodstuffs.
Tacchino’s advice about going to Arthur Avenue is spot on. Do it. It’s a short and very pleasant train ride from Grand Central. The place still looks so much like the quintessential Little Italy that it is used for movies all the time. Mike’s Deli in the market makes a hero called the Yankee Stadium that is unreal. The little shops will give you free sampled of just made fresh mozzarella, sorpressatas are hanging from the ceiling, and the butcher shops will sell you a whole lamb, pig, rabbit or goat.
There are two prominent fish-mongers, both of which set up stands out on the sidewalk where you can buy freshly shucked oysters and clams to munch on between visits to all the great little shops.
Go to Arthur Avenue. You will love it.
Oh well, I guess I’ll be missing the hot dog tour this year.
On the plus side, I just saw an interesting special about the "Real" Ray’s pizza on Prince.
September 15th is a little too early for fall foliage on the East Coast, for New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Upstate New York (which is gorgeous during that time, by the way) in the Central New York/Southern Tier doesn’t peak until the middle of October, at the earliest. New York City is generally later, given its proximity to the ocean.
Boston would be earlier than New York, as it is further north, but still, coastal effects mean that you are not going to see brilliant foliage in the second week of September.
If we try to make the hotdog tour, will leaves be changing that early?
We are planning on NYC – Jersey – Philly
Maybe DC – Baltimore
Yes, it’s my understanding that the owner/chef was elderly, some say well into her 90’s and she basically decided to retire. I’ve never been there, however when I was in little Italy last May, my friend who was visiting Seattle was quite dissaapointed at La Luna’s closing because of the meal he enjoyed there 10 years earlier.
We did enjoy a meal at Fratelli on Mulberry Street
The food was great and we all agreed that the Sangria was some of the best we’ve had
If you do go, say hello to Jose the colorful Maitre D’. When we were there he was wearing a rubber chicken hat to entice passerbys into dining at the restaurant.
here’s an actual excerpt on the Fratelli’s Maitre D’
Plan your trip to include the September 15th New Jersey Hot Dog Tour.
San Gennaro Fesitval is not what it was years ago. The local residents have voted to cancel the yearly festival, lets see what happens.
I would visit Umberto’s and Angelo both on Mulberry Street for meals. Thats where I go.
Umberto’s Clam House should be considered. Beyond the food, it is the location where "Crazy" Joey Gallo got whacked by some other mob cronies, in a scene often imitated in a number of mob type movies.
He was eating linguini with clams and white sauce at the time.
Yes, I tried the linguini with clams and white sauce there. It was pretty decent.
You may want to consider 2nd to 3rd week of October for color change. I lived many years in, and around NYC. Just a suggestion.
You guys are a font of information!
I will definitely continue gathering info as my trip nears. I am thinking September to watch the leaves change around the East coast. But any great festivals may be worth scheduling around too, now that you guys are bringing them up…
Sorry, Elise, I just reread your post where you did ask for restaurant suggestions for lunch…
1) Roma luncheonette, right across from the Italian American Roman Catholic church, Mount Carmel…open for lunch only, but with some of the best parmigiana sandwiches you could ask for.
2) Down on 187th Street, the Full Moon Pizzeria…a real neighborhood joint, but honestly, some of the best pizza you will eat in New York. Note: whole pies tend to taste better than the slices. Regardless, it’s all very tasty!
3) On Arthur Avenue, Mario’s is a little fancier, but still very reasonable..good pasta, seafood dishes
4) Across from Mario’s is Emilia’s, another very nice "red sauce" Italian place…good pasta, chicken, veal, etc.
5) The consensus of most New York "foodies" and Italian food fans is that the gold standard in that part of Little Italy is Roberto’s, on Crescent Avenue. Superb food, some very inventive dishes, very nice setting, but long waits are common.
6) Right up the street from Roberto’s is Il Fiume, which I like a lot. Nice atmosphere, good service, good, solid food.
All of these places (with the possible exception of Roberto’s, depending on what you get) are extremely reasonable price-wise. That’s the other advantage of being out of Manhattan; the prices are generally lower.
Walk back to 187th Street to get your pastries and coffee at deLillo’s, or at any one of a number of other good places.
I hope you enjoy, wherever you go!
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